SFCC participates in the federal Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant programs. Resident and nonresident students may qualify for federal grants.
A Pell Grant is a federally funded entitlement grant program that awards aid to students based on financial need. To apply for a Pell Grant, students need to submit the FAFSA every year they are in school. The grant will be awarded based on your financial need specific in the FAFSA application.
For more information on the Pell Grants, visit the Federal Pell Grant page.
Year Round Pell Grants
Pell Grants for Spring Quarter
In spring 2019, Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. What does this mean for you? If you were a Pell eligible student in summer 2018, fall 2018, and/or winter 2019, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for spring 2019!
To be eligible for a spring Pell Grant, you must:
- Be Pell Grant eligible
- In most cases, there is a requirement to enroll at least half-time (6+ credits)
- Meet or maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining
Important facts to note:
- Eligible students may receive up to four Pell awards in one academic year.
- The maximum time-frame that students may receive Federal Pell Grant is the equivalent of eighteen full-time quarters. One full-time quarter of Pell equals 33%.
Check your Lifetime Eligibility
You can check for your remaining eligibility level online by logging on to NSLDS using your FSA ID. View your Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU) on the Financial Aid Review page.
Minimum Credits for Spring Pell Grant
- If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for summer 2018, fall 2018, and winter 2019, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in spring classes to receive a spring Pell Grant.
- If you enrolled part-time summer 2018, fall 2018, or winter 2019, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a spring Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during spring with no minimum credit requirement.
Dropping, Withdrawing or Failing Classes
It is possible that you could owe money back for all or part of your Federal Pell Grant if you do not complete classes that you registered for in the spring quarter. The amount you may owe will be calculated based on the drop date, the number of credits and the last day that you attended classes.
Pell Grant Amount Depends on Enrollment
Your spring Pell Grant amount will depend on the number of credits you are registered in, as well as your Pell Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU). The Pell Grant amount will be adjusted just prior to the release (disbursement) of your aid based on your enrollment level. Enrollment levels are defined in the following manner:
- 12+ credits = 100% of the quarter Pell Grant amount
- 9-11 credits = 75% of the quarter Pell Grant amount
- 6-8 credits = 50% of the quarter Pell Grant amount